Jeanne Taylor

Giving in Thanks
Circle of Caring donor offers gift of gratitude

Jeanne Taylor & Dr. Hal "Scooter" Townsend

Jeanne Taylor & Dr. Hal “Scooter” Townsend

Jeanne Taylor, a long-time donor who served on the Ashland Community Hospital Foundation board from 2002-08, got a first hand look at the value of a hometown hospital late last September.

She was walking near Southern Oregon University, where she and her husband Jerry are also active supporters, when she tripped on a curb. The fall shattered her elbow.

The Taylors rushed to the Asante Ashland Community Hospital Emergency Department, where Jeanne got quick and compassionate care from a team led by Dr. Gerry Lehrburger.

“The whole experience was good – as good as these things can be,” Jeanne says. “There were no long waits and everyone was very caring.”

She went home with a referral to see orthopedic surgeon Dr. Hal “Scooter” Townsend the next day. He scheduled surgery for Oct. 1 and reconstructed her elbow with two plates and nine screws.

“He’s not only a good surgeon, but he’s good with patients, too,” Jeanne says. “I think that helps with healing.”

Jeanne started physical therapy right away and says she has regained nearly all use and range of motion in her arm.

“I thanked Scooter every time I went in, but he said it was a team effort,” she says.

To honor him and the team that provided her care, Jeanne and Jerry Taylor decided to donate through the Ashland Community Hospital Foundation’s Circle of Caring program.

The program provides an opportunity to make a charitable gift to show gratitude to a specific caregiver, team or department and help Asante Ashland Community Hospital care for others.

“We wanted to show how thankful we were for what he did for us,” Jeanne says.

Dr. Townsend says he strives to treat every patient the way he would want to be treated and he’s deeply appreciative of the recognition and gratitude the Taylors showed.

“I love what I do,” he says, “but the thanks is appreciated.”

As a member of the Asante finance committee, he knows the mounting financial pressures small, community hospitals face.

“Charitable giving helps keep small hospitals viable,” he says.

From the initial care in the emergency room through her continuing physical therapy, Jeanne says she’s glad to know that kind, competent care is available so close to home.

“That’s a real gift to the community,” she says.

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